FITNESS CLUBS & NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Written by: Deb

Here we go with the New Year’s Resolution thing again.  I didn’t make one as I generally only seem to keep it for less than 2 weeks.  I describe my protest of New Year’s Resolutions, the reason being is I, along with 88% of the world, also don’t end up keeping them past March. I recollect one year that I did make it to late February on a daily diet consisting of skinless chicken breast, grapefruit and unlimited water and 3 daily workouts per week.  I shed the pounds, however, gained it back faster than I lost it.

On four occasions I have gone the fitness club route – all I have quit and lost money.

The last club I joined, caught my attention with an advertisement “Join 4 months for $1.00.”  Who wouldn’t sign up?  Was this too good to be true….yes, as it turned out, it was.

I made an appointment; meeting the sales rep/personal trainer/receptionist who gave me the club tour (I think her main job was more the sales rep dressed in work-out fatigue).  She talked extremely fast, and showed me the club just as fast, with me having a work-out just touring the club!  Next came the all out sales pitch.  I asked about the “4 mos/$1.00” deal – “works out in the end for the annual fee, (she was bubbly), but doesn’t include towel service”, she stated.  Towel service?  I always bring my own towels anyways?  I was then presented with a long, legal sized 3 sheet document written in 6 font.  Lots of “I” this and that.  But all in all it was a decent price, I could afford it and I signed on the dotted line.

I was bound and determined to make a go of this.  At least 3 times per week I promised myself; no less, no excuses, aqua fit and floor apparatus with each visit.  Commitment.

After about a month, what began as 3X per week, sort of dwindled to 2, then 1.  Every excuse I could think of for myself; library to pick up books, going out to dinner (should have been working out-not eating), too damn tired, groceries, Wal-Mart before it gets busy, etc. etc.  Flimsy stuff; easy to think of excuses.

Not to make excuses, but the club was a little shy of the number of treadmills and other equipment causing wait times.  I am impatient to say the least, and sometimes just headed out the door home.  The first time on the treadmill (I’m sure others can relate to this), I stupidly stood on the belt, so when the machine started, I darn near went flying.  Thank goodness I was holding onto the metal side bars, as that would have been a sight.  Red faced and attempting to appear it an equipment malfunction, I did it right the next time ultimately becoming a pro after that.  I never enjoyed the huffing and puffing and that was only in the walking position on these machines; comparing to the more fit ladies next to me who were jogging, no huffing/puffing and staring at the TV above at the same time.  A wonderment at best with this coordination.

The aqua fit I really did enjoy, as being wet in the winter time was a turn-off.  Another flimsy excuse.

I never lost any weight or inches, and somewhat embarrassed when out of curiosity the sales rep/trainer did a 6 week follow-up of my progress.  Progress?  My numbers were worse than when I started!  Humpty Dumpty potato chips along the way didn’t help I guess!

I eventually quit and once again – more money went down the drain.

So this year, I am going to tough it out on my own; eating the celery and carrot sticks at my desk, soup or salad for lunch, and god knows what for supper.  I’ll just do my best and aim for a regimen of walking the dog more often, and parking further from the mall doors when I go shopping.  What’s a gal to do?  No excuses.

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